10 People Who Died Playing Video Games Causes of Death
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10 People Who Died Playing Video Games

Any video game player worth their salt knows the feeling. Just ONE more level, ONE more achievement, ONE last item before dinner, sleep, or (shudder) some actual human interaction. Four hours later, and you’re still staring blankly at the screen, mouth ajar, hands balled up into an arthritic mass of digits, and any thoughts you once had about tending to your basic human needs are long since forgotten or pushed off indefinitely as you plug along for that never ending quest for virtual fulfillment. It’s easy to forget that our own bodies need as much tending to as our farms or guilds, heck, maybe even more so. Here’s a list of people who died neglecting their real-life health bars for their video game equivalents.

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    Radio Station Contest to Hold Urine Turns Deadly

    Perhaps the most preventable and unnecessary death on this list goes to Jennifer Strange, who died playing a mere console.

    The 28-year-old wife and mother of three from Sacramento, California willingly participated in a local radio station’s giveaway promotion entitled "Hold Your Wee for a Wii," in which she drank over two gallons of water and refused to urinate in hopes of obtaining a Nintendo Wii.

    This severe lapse of judgment ended in death by water intoxication, and, to my knowledge, no prizes of any kind.

    Jennifer’s death is sobering proof: we need not even be gaming to be enticed by glory, even to the point of death.

    Also, if you have to eat, go to the bathroom, or have a heart condition, for the love of God, go outside. Or at least order a pizza.

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    Starcraft Addict Plays for 50 Hours

    South Korean man Lee Seung Seop was an industrial boiler repair man and college graduate before a gripping Starcraft addiction turned deadly in 2005.

    Devoting all of his time to the game, he became malnourished and sleep deprived, costing him his job and long-time relationship with his girlfriend, also an avid gamer.

    Some men would turn to binge drinking or binge coke-doing (that's what you call it, right?). Lee Seung Seop turned to binge-gaming.

    Lee sought refuge from the unfavorable responsibilities of real life in a smoky, poorly lit Internet café, and began a 50-hour gaming binge that would ultimately kill him.

    Lee had reportedly told his friends and relatives he was about to stop playing and return home only moments before he closed his eyes and fell off his chair, being pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly thereafter. The final cause of death was heart failure caused by exhaustion and dehydration.

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    Wii Fit Does Opposite of What It's Meant To Do

    In sharp contrast to the prior listees, Tim Eves, an enthusiastic and upstanding citizen, died because he was attempting to better himself physically.

    While jogging to the Fit program on the Wii, the 25-year-old scout leader simply slumped to the floor and was pronounced dead before he even made it to the hospital, which, in my opinion, is just a bad attitude. I diagnose those paramedics with a bad attitude.

    While it has been suggested that Tim may have fallen victim to a very rare heart disorder, the fact remains that Tim Eves was a "healthy and fit" individual that had no prior health problems and made his living as a laborer. His Wii Fit age was probably in the early 20's too. I tried measuring mine once. I'm apparently middle-aged.

    Its very possible that enthralled with the video game itself, he may have ignored or not even been aware of any signs that something may have been wrong. A serious heart problem could have been accidentally taken as a "good hurt".

    One can only hope that in while sprinting in place, he beat a record of some kind before collapsing. Like those first guys. Those guys are bosses.

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    Gamer Girl Dies Playing XBox

    Fact: Video game deaths aren’t limited to just males in their 20's and 30's.

    Anna-Lee Kehoe, a thirteen-year-old girl, was casually talking, hanging out, and playing with her Xbox 360 before muttering, "Mom, I can’t breathe." She suffered a heart attack so severe that she was left brain dead and on life-support.

    As Sega did with the Dreamcast, Anna-Lee’s parents decided to pull the plug on the machine, making her one of the youngest video game deaths in history.

    Anna-Lee was an asthmatic, and doctors have speculated that an attack the day before may have attributed to her heart attack. However, just like in all the other aforementioned instances, it is unclear whether distractions arising from her game session caused her to neglect any symptoms that she may have been experiencing prior to her attack.

    What is also unclear is if she managed to secure the "Golden Idol" Bullet Storm achievement before her passing. The world may never know.

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